Sunengy, with a chance of typhoons

Yes, it floats on water, and has a Fresnel lens from the local high school projectionist club, but what about typhoons and lesser gales? No mention of that. Somehow, this bullet point from the Overview page doesn’t seem reassuring: Floating the system on water reduces the need for expensive supporting structures to protect it from…

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Mental Sloth and Joshua Trees

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach “Out of passions grow opinions; mental sloth lets these rigidify into convictions” Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900 Anthony discussed the press release about the paper Past and ongoing shifts in Joshua tree distribution support future modeled range contraction. I didn’t have a copy so I wrote to the lead author, Kenneth Cole,…

Warm water, cold winters

From California Institute of Technology: Warm water causes extra-cold winters in northeastern North America and northeastern Asia PASADENA, Calif.—If you’re sitting on a bench in New York City’s Central Park in winter, you’re probably freezing. After all, the average temperature in January is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. But if you were just across the pond in…